Founders Memorial Library, one of several Northern Illinois University libraries, is perhaps the most useful for economists. It contains over two million volumes and holdings in government documents. The holdings in economics are approximately 20,000 volumes. The library has complete sets of most major economics journals published in English as well as a number of other languages. In addition, the inter-library loan system provides fast and easy access to material not available at NIU. The library’s online system provides easy access to databases such as ECONLIT or JSTOR and to the full text of articles in many economics journals.
Students at NIU have access to more than 1,200 computers, with broadband internet access in 36 laboratory locations. In addition, graduate students in economics have exclusive and unlimited access to our recently updated computer lab, equipped with brand-new computers a network laser printer, and the most current versions of Scientific Workplace, SAS, STATA, Maple, and LIMDEP.
Research Seminars (ECON 798)
The department’s seminar series provides a forum for discussion of current research by faculty, visitors, and students. The critical evaluation of research projects, methods, and problems, along with clarification of the research potential and difficulties of suggested topics that takes place in the seminars can be extremely helpful in building the student’s research capabilities. It also facilitates the selection and subsequent refinement of the student’s dissertation topic, which can often be a protracted and frustrating task. Students are required to register for at least six hours of ECON 798 and are expected to actively participate in the research seminar. Weekly announcements of seminars are posted by the elevators on the fifth floor of Zulauf Hall and are posted on the department webpage. Frequently, copies of papers to be discussed are made available online for reading before the seminar meeting.